It’s BACCKK! The greatest club competition in the world -the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE– is back with the GROUP Stage of the competition kicking off on Tuesday/Wednesday night to get us all back hooked on to mid-week football.
UEFA Champions League
Bayern Leverkusen AH:-0.25 to beat Monaco @ 1.95 (Bet365) – 3 points
Leverkusen come into this fixture after a string of good performances from their team and a lot of high scoring performances to add to that. On average their games have had 3 goals per game, and they have been in great scoring form to add to that. The team have shared their goal scoring responsibility with the likes of Jedvaj, Kiessling, Bellarabi, Heung-Min Son, Brandt and Calhanoglu all managing to find the net so far this season. One thing for sure with Leverkusen, you are likely to get plenty of goals as they aim to take the task to their opposition. Their performances have seen them sit at the top of the Bundesliga with 7 out of a possible 9 points so far.
Monaco have been hit extremely hard with a lot of sales of players through the door such as Abidal, Falcao, James, Riviere, Brazite, Medjani among the few to already leave. The player clearance has seen their squad strength diminish as they are struggling to get to grips with the new season with lack of established stars. They are in 19th position of Ligue 1, with just 1 win from 5 games, conceding 9 goals. Defensively they look absolutely shambolic and all over the place; as things stand, they could potentially be heading back to Ligue 2 as their owner has Dmitry Rybolovlev has had to shell out over 4.7 Billion Dollars in a divorce settlement.
All things put together, Leverkusen will be aiming for an early victory as they have an extremely tough group; and an early win could put them in good position to qualify out of the group.
Atletico Madrid to beat Olympiakos @ 2.00 (Betfair) – 2 points
Atletico Madrid come into this fixture on the highest of highs; after beating Real Madrid at the Bernabeu and will be looking to have a similar run of performances much like they did towards the final last year. Confidence will also come through the ranks as Simeone will be back at the dugout as he is suspended from Liga games; and with him barking out instructions and giving the half time talks, it will certainly boost them.
Atletico have managed to hang on to bulk of their stars and added a bunch of good forwards including Manduzkic and Griezmann who have, in their short time in the team, show that they belong there. They have managed to secure 7 points from a possible 9 so far, keeping them undefeated which will show their detractors that they still have the firepower to win, and should not be taken lightly.
Olympiakos have shown to be regulars in this competition, and even made it through to the last 16 and lost in a close encounter to Manchester United. One thing you can say for sure, the Greeks have one of the best home records across Europe, winning 16 out of 17 games last season. They have lost 3 of their key players Manolas, Cholevas and Samaris; and while they have replaced them with some decent signings, it remains to be seen if they could fit well with the rest of the squad.
Overall Olympiakos have some new players just like Atletico Madrid, but the only difference is that Atletico Madrid have had some quality opposition, playing Real Madrid thrice to test themselves to be absolutely ready for this contest and should nick a narrow victory here.